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When 192GB of RAM will just have to suffice…

Friday, March 27, 2009 9:07
Posted in category Dell, Intel

So your buddy has been bragging about his 8GB in his PC.  Smack him in the face with a rebuttal of 192GB!  Eh, maybe not quite that much.  But at least know that it’s possible…not very economical though.  Intel’s latest Nehalem chipset as most of you know allows anstonishingly large amounts of RAM.  Dell is welcoming with open arms you professional users you, with their latest Precision T7500 which has 12 available slots for DDR3 1333MHz RAM.  The largest sticks of RAM you can get right now are 16GB in size.  Those 16GB sticks cost $3,400…EACH!  Do the math.  No matter how you figure it, $40k for a RAM upgarde is ridiculous.  Even for 192GB. Who even has $40k laying around for a RAM upgrade anyway…*AIG worker…”I’ll take two please”*.  Though, large companies with deep pockets (maybe some of the computers on AIG’s private jets need 192GB RAM upgrades) will surely pick up a few of these pricer upgrades.  In time the prices will fall and the affordability and ability to have nearly 200 GB or RAM will come to the more mainstream little guys like you and me.  For the time being however, only the big corps with many servers and many many users will be able to afford (and justify) such large amounts of RAM.  Keep dreaming folks.

Source: Crunch Gear

[Confirmed] Dell Adamo has non user-replaceable battery :(

Monday, March 23, 2009 17:37
Posted in category Battery technology, Dell

Chalk this up to another stab in the back to consumers everywhere. Apple, usually the company who employs rather unfriendly consumer practices such as fixed batteries that are overly expensive to replace has now affected another company. Dell’s astonishingly average Adamo is unfortunately taking some Apple design cues *without the attractive part* and forgoing the user replaceable battery. Yes, you will now have to pay Dell a still unknown amount of money to replace a battery that you should be able to do yourself much cheaper and faster. If I had to come up with a figure for battery replacement, I would say around $89. It really sucks when companies do this. At least Apple’s MacBook Pro uses a lithium polymer battery and can squeeze out 8 hours of battery life. What does the Adamo bring to the table…? Nothing except frustration after having to send it in for a new battery and being without your beloved Adamo for a week. Awesome idea Dell. Am I overreacting? How do you feel about this volatile subject? What do you think Dell will charge for battery replacement?

Source: Engadget, Pocket Lint

When 20GB of RAM just isn’t enough…

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:53
Posted in category Dell, Gaming

With the ever shrinking sizes and increasing sizes of memory chips, storage (especially flash or solid state) is growing in exponentially at a rather rapid pace.  Dell is pushing past other vendors and releasing an updated Studio XPS 435 with a whopping 24GB of RAM!  Also of note is that you can configure up to 4.5TB of storage.  So if you are a heavy, and I mean heavy graphic artist, HD video editor, etc, the studio XPS 435 definitely looks as if it has the right ingredients to be a beast of a machine.  Other handy features are an mp3 player “cradle” scalloped into the top of the case.  Basically it’s a recessed part of the case forming a bowl if you will while including several USB ports and some headphone ports right on the edge of the bowl.  Intel’s i7 chips are the heart of the Studio’s operation coming in clock speeds from 2.66GHz up to 3.2GHz giving you the brute speed you need.  Rounding out the rather eye raising feature set is ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 video card with 1GB of memory making it a decent gaming rig as well.  This little thing is just turning out to be a jack of all trades.  Of course, Blue-ray, Wi-Fi, and Sound Blaster extras are available for purchase for the hi-def freedom roaming cord haters.  Of course everything mentioned above is “optional” and will raise the base price considerably.  Speaking of that, the “base” model will come in at a fairly reasonable $1,500.  If you’re purely interested in that 24GB of RAM, be ready to set down another $1,500 for the privillage.  Faster processor, bigger hard drive, etc will only make matters worse for your wallet.  So if the Studio XPS 435 is making your mouth water you might want to stop by the product page and get to know it a little better.  If you’re a vain person motivated by beauty and looks alone, step inside and give the rig a looksie before getting in too deep.

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AT&T not to be outdone by Verizon…Soon selling Netbooks of their own

Thursday, February 19, 2009 13:24
Posted in category AT&T, Dell

Fresh off of the whole Verizon/Netbook thing, the latest little tid bit comes by way of AT&T.  Seems they aren’t going to sit down and watch as Verizon dips a toe in the netbook pool.  While Verizon buddied up with HP, Dell has other plans and instead is siding with Dell in this new venture.  Dell Inspiron Mini 9’s and 12’s will soon be sitting next to smartphones at your local AT&T stores.  Unlike Verizon  however, release date and pricing information is nill.  However, if AT&T has at least one functioning brain cell in the corporate ego swollen heads, they’ll stick with the $99/2-year contract style that Verizon has listed.  However, if they would like to undercut Verizon a bit with say $69/2-year contract, I’m sure a few people would be quite happy indeed.  Couple more shots of a secret computer screen from within the lair that is AT&T.

 

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ATI’s HD 4570 GPU coming to a Dell Studio near you

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 16:42
Posted in category Dell, Portable Computers

If you were a big graphics card company, wouldn’t you love it if one of your clients spilled the beans on one of your latest and greatest products before you had a chance to?  I doubt so.  But apparently Dell just doesn’t care or are careless as a page on Dell’s support website shows the 15″ laptop will soon ship with an unreleased ATI HD 4570 GPU.  On the support site you can see a support driver for the 4570 and a support driver for the current GMA 4500MHD processor.  What’s interesting is it is listed as coming inside of a Studio 1555.  Another unreleased notebook.  Dell is just dropping all sorts of secrets today.

The benefits of ATI’s latest 4500 series GPU’s include 80 stream units, full Direct x 10.1/Open GL 2 support, hardware based movie decoding as well as some general GPU calculations support.  Power saving features come hard coded inside the 4500 series to save battery life when you need it most.

Source: Electronistsa

Dell coming back to the smartphone arena!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 6:13
Posted in category Dell, Smartphones

This morning in Barcelona at MWC, AT&T more or less confirmed what has been widely speculated for several weeks now: Dell is re-entering the smartphone market.  The announcement comes by way of AT&T CEO Ralph De La Vega and supposedly was revealed during a panel between himself, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and of course Dell.  Beyond the initial confirmation, no more information is known.  We ca assume since Mirosoft ran Dell smartphones in the past and given the fact that Microsoft just announced their latest and greatest, Windows Mobile 6.5, it’s only right to assume that some form of Windows Mobile will be running on the newest smartphones form Dell.  Although, Android has been speculated as a possible option as well.  Ya never know!

 

Source: Gear Log, Gizmodo *pic*

Dell Latitude XT2 now official

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:42
Posted in category Dell, Portable Computers

If you are the type that loves to put your oily phalanges all over your laptop screen, touchscreens are the ticket for you.   If you like to be on the go away from an outlet for 11 hours, well that was just laughable from a laptop.  Not anymore.  Dude! The Dell Latitude XT2 is official.  The XT2 looks to continue on Dell’s knack for convertable tablet computers aiming to one up the competition.  Do they succeed?  You be the judge.  To wet your whistle with some super specs and press release, hop on through!

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Dell XT2 coming Wednesday?

Saturday, February 7, 2009 21:46

So tablet computers are you thing.  You go simply ga ga over being able to one hand your computer and just yank that screen all over the place whenever you please.  If you didn’t catch on with Dell’s XT1 fret not as part 2 will apparently be here soon.  The XT2 has been leaked!  Engadget was able to score some information that appears as if it could be a legitimate launch worthy sheet.  The specs:

  • 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors
  •  12.1″ Multi-touch display
  • Support for up to 5GB DDR3 RAM
  • 80GB spinner drive/64GB SSD
  • 3.62lbs.

Supposedly the XT2 will get ousted on February 11th.  Keep your fingers crossed and wallets primed and ready for the 11th!  For a shot of the supposed product info sheet go here.

 

 

Source: Engadget, Mobilewhack

iPhones and gPhones and MePhones, Oh My!

Friday, January 30, 2009 8:15

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Are they any dell users out there who are still left feeling abandoned after Dell left the PDA scene? Or were your left out to dry when they stopped making their line of MP3 players? Well, Dell may be trying once more to woo you back into their digital arms. Alley Insider is reporting that they have a contact close to Dell that says they are developing a new smartphone. All that’s known so far is that it will be dubbed the “MePhone”, focus on “customization”, and go on sale on 9/9/09. All of the obvious red flags of a sercret developing product such as domain names *mephone.com* and trademarks have yet to be purchased or pursued by Dell making this rumor look a little unreliable. However, another source to Alley Insider who is deep into Dell says that in fact the MePhone is the real deal and is coming. Details such as Operating System and hardware manufacturer still are unknown. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, competition is what makes life better for the consumer. Bring it on Dell. Woo me Dell, Woo me!

Source: WSJ, Alley Insider, Slashphone

Adamo gets a quick photoshoot!

Friday, January 9, 2009 13:09
Posted in category CES, Dell, Portable Computers

While the keynote was a pretty big let down, Engadget managed buy some time afterwards in order to get a few pictures.  So, finally how about some specs now.  The list currently is very short since Engadget was not allowed to even turn it on.  Whats on the outside?  The display appears to be a 13″, however they couldn’t take measurements.  3 USB ports, an eSATA jack, and a “crazy small power adapter with a removable plug for international use”.  I know it isn’t much at all, but it’s all Dell is going to give us today.  Click though for a few more pics of the Adamo

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Dell completely blows CES keynote

Friday, January 9, 2009 12:21
Posted in category CES, Dell

Leading up to CES Dell’s new device, the highly anticipated Adamo was widely expected to be unveiled and showcased at CES.  What did they have to show?  Literally less than a minute of talking about how it was “precision crafted” and other meaningless statements about it’s design all the while a model held a mostly closed lid model.  Wow…Thanks Dell, that really gets us excited.  Most of the people who attended Dell’s press release were looking specifically for Adamo information, and Dell blew it.  No pricing information, no specs, and only a vague 1H of the year release time frame.  They kept trying to dodge questions about the Adamo and instead kept repeating the same few sentences saying “it’s precision crafted…”, “doesn’t have an Atom processor…”, etc.  Disappointment would be an understatement.  Engadget, who is reporting live form the keynote noted that “the room literally deflated…even the typing noises have slowed” just goes to show how much of a failure the keynote and letdown was.  Oh well.  There’s always next year Dell.

Source: Engadget

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Dell Studio XPS 13″ and 16″ break out

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:57
Posted in category Dell, Portable Computers, XPS

Can’t say this was a surprise, but Dell’s website now home to two new models.  The Dell Studio XPS 1340″ and Dell Studio XPS 1640″.  Colors include Obsidian Black with leather accents, black, black,…and black.  They really like black.  As far as specs go these new laptops aren’t too shabby.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 (3MB cache/2.26MHz/1066MHz FSB)
  • 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz (2 Dimms)
  • 320GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Mobility RADEON® M86XT - 512MB
  • Dell Wireless 1515 802.11n Half Mini-Card
  • High Definition Audio 2.0
  • Edge-to-Edge HD Widescreen 16.0 inch WLED LCD (1366×768) W/2.0 MP  or Edge-to-Edge 13.3? HD WXGA LCD with 2.0 Megapixel Camera
  • 8X DVD+/- RW(DVD/CD read/write) Slot Load Drive
  • 6-cell Battery
  • Bundled with 15 months of McAfee Security Center, Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year , Microsoft Works
  • 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24×7 Phone Support
  • $200 Promo Dell Gift Card Card - Card to arrive 6-8 weeks after purchase

One odd thing to note is that both models have the same starting price.  Either Dell is under pricing or over pricing one them.  Boy Genius suggests that they could be place holders until Dell formally gives us some information.

Source: Boy Genius

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